Young, single and a fertile case for concern

More Singapore residents in their mid- to late-20s are staying single as they put their careers before marriage.
More Singapore residents in their mid- to late-20s are staying single as they put their careers before marriage.PHOTO: ST FILE

More Singapore residents in their mid- to late-20s are staying single as they put their careers before marriage.

They made up 70 per cent of their age group last year, a sharp increase from 50 per cent 15 years ago.

This is a cause for concern, said some experts, as this group of people aged 25 to 29 – seen as mature enough to be parents – is more fertile than older cohorts.

But many do get married as they grow older.

This is reflected in the proportion of married people in the population remaining constant, at twothirds of the resident population in the last 15 years.

Sociologist Paulin Straughan suggests that efforts to encourage marriage focus on those who are not dating.

This is because for those in long-term relationships, marriage is often already onthe cards.

But those without a significant other may welcome the extra help in finding a life partner, she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2016, with the headline ''. Print Edition | Subscribe